Jan 29, 2018
Very good overview of theory of VR and a great start to deepen the knowledge. The course encourages you to seek out additional information and prompts you to think of applications of the technology.
Dec 18, 2017
This course was very informative. I also found it challenging, which is a good thing. I was introduced to aspects of VR that had not considered, such as the psychological aspects.
By Alexander S•
Feb 07, 2019
I audited this course for Professional Development from February 1st, 2019 through February 7th, 2019. For reference, I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Communication Studies where I completed some research (though unpublished) in virtual reality. Overall, this course took me about three hours per completion week outside of some of the larger readings which took longer. I completed all activities available via audit (even if I couldn't submit them) and read all readings except for a few journal articles that seemed to repeat themselves.
I'll complete a week by week breakdown and then provide my thoughts about the course overall.
For week one, I thought it was a nice introduction to various head-mounted displays on the consumer market. Additionally, there was a nice overview of the history of virtual reality which included some research devices I had not seen previously. Fun fact, this is the only week you will see Dr. Gillies in this course.
For week two, there is a breakdown of all the different ways virtual reality is helping in contemporary society today (from sports to science to medical improvements). The final reading in this week is a great piece by Mel Slater describing everything from the first two weeks and most content from the third week. While certainly not a ten minute read as described, I would recommend this week for this reading along.
For week three, it is easily the most material of the entire course. Mel Slater comes as a guest professor to describe presence, immersion, embodiment, place illusion, and plausibility illusion. Dr. Slater seemed like a great fit, and the only complaint about this week was the fact that readings were academic research papers that had seemingly already been described (such as the one from week two). Additionally, these readings were described as ten minute assignments which was not the case.
Lastly, for week four, there is a shift to the development side of virtual reality. There is a large focus on graphic development and issues one may face while programming for virtual reality today.
Looking over the course as a whole, here are the positives:
I found I had learned more than I knew coming into the course.
This course specifically can be completed by those interested in social science as well as those interested in development as there is a larger focus on Psychology and theories in the field of virtual reality.
I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Dr. Slater and his thoughts on the psychology of virtual reality as well as the illusions he showed.
Dr. Sylvia Pan had good content and was involved in almost every video.
Here are the negatives:
There were times I could see a large emphasis on CAVEs over other types of virtual reality, though I believe this to be due to the creator's own expertise.
Marco Gillies seemed to be very little involved with this particular course.
There were some grammatical errors in questions provided during lecture videos, and the answers are not examined by instructors. It is an auto-generated response so that it feels as those you are not receiving actual feedback.
Questions during lecture videos often pop up immediately after that information is covered, leading to parroting the answer back when asked about it.
Readings are all described as ten minutes, but some take hours while others take three minutes or thirty seconds. It is very inconsistent.
It appears most individuals audit this course, so those who are paying fill the discussion forums begging those who pay to review their work for the certificate completion before being charged again.
Some videos focus on the specialization and do not describe the course as an individual unit making the content confusing.
Overall, I would recommend this course. For those brand new to the subject, be aware there is peer-reviewed academic reading for this course. For some people, that alone can be a turn-off. For those fine with that content, I would spend about an hour a day on the content and you could have it completed within a few weeks time.
By Brian S•
Dec 20, 2018
Enjoyed learning the history of VR and this course gave me a good foundation to build from
By Anoop V•
Jan 09, 2019
Awesome Tutors and nice presentation !!
By Lissa A•
Feb 19, 2019
really fun learning about the history and interaction design principles for VR. Great time imagining and working out your own vr app; I look forward to completing this specialization and applying the skills
By Andrew W•
Mar 24, 2019
This really is ally is one f the better VR courses to begin with. It doesn't just jump straight in to VR design but gives a valuable understanding of things to consider for a really good VR experience.
By Borja J P•
Feb 11, 2019
Muy útil para conocer la historia de la realidad virtual y los recursos de los que disponemos actualmente
By husayn r•
Mar 13, 2019
Really thorough and well explained. All the instructor's are assets to their institution. The course also has a quizzes nicely peppered into the different weeks so you can keep a track on your learning. Thanks again.
By Matias N•
Jan 06, 2019
This introductory course on VR is awesome both for people without any previous knowledge of VR as well as for VR developers or content creators. The course introduces the very basics concepts of VR, ranging from its definition, going through its history, current VR hardware and software, the psychology behind VR and some of the challenges that the technology introduces. The lecturers Sylvia and Marco are great at teaching, making the lectures quite engaging and enjoyable overall. In addition, there are a few guests lecturers that makes the content to shine even more. That's the case of Anthony Steed, which gives a great thoroughly description of the history of VR from the analog era to the current status, and in particular, all the lectures on the psychology of VR taught by Mel Slater. Really interesting information there, including concepts and some mind-blowing researches that Mel has done. So regardless your actual experience with VR, there is something new to learn in this course for sure. Good luck!
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By IJACHI O I•
Jul 14, 2018
I learn a lot from this course and would love to learn more.
By Hassan R•
Sep 03, 2018
This is really Awesome course , I have learned many things , I also like teaching methods . Keep it work
By Pablo M•
Oct 06, 2018
Very nice intro to VR, I loved it.
Oct 11, 2018
I love the course. The content is awesome. I want to give one message to coursera, that we are completing the course, so atleast give us one coursera T shirt. or the university t shirt from which we did the course
By Nicole A•
Oct 27, 2018
Great! Very inspiring!
By David K•
Oct 29, 2018
Great intro course!
By Dionne H•
Oct 30, 2018
Gave me a great understanding of the history and fundamentals of VR.
By Muhammad U Y•
Nov 13, 2018
I am really impressed the course material it gives you in-depth introduction of VR and develop a solid platform for ahead learning.
By Thais A G G•
Oct 15, 2018
I learned lots of fundamental concepts in VR such as types of illusions and how to achieve them, immersion, hardware for VR and applications.
Sep 07, 2018
By Joshua S S•
Aug 09, 2018
I have been able to learn quite a bit from this specialization and apply it to my startup, within the first course. Makes it very easy to understand how to use the tools effectively. Thank you Coursera!
By Reinhardt F R•
Jul 23, 2018
So interesting! More in depth than I could have imagined.
A absolute must to give you the necessary frame of mind.
By Simon L•
Feb 03, 2018
A great introduction to VR! Lots of material covered, and many insights along the way. Great stuff.
Jun 02, 2018
Great course! You can learn a hole lot. But it will take some time in the end.
By SK S A•
Jun 12, 2018
This is best VR introduction course. I learned a lot of about VR apps, hardware, VR illusions and many more. Teachers are great in explanation of the content.
By Edgar M A F•
Dec 26, 2017
I loved it